You've probably worked out by now that Baby Goes Baaaa! is slung on an alphabet theme. This is secondary though to the phonics element: sounds that Mum or Dad can practice with Baby (shown to be very important in early learning). Finding a sound for each letter of the alphabet simply gave the book structure.
The sleeping polar bears is the final page: 'Baby goes Zzzzzz...'. The page opposite is split between two images: at the top, X is illustrated with kissing hedgehogs and Y, 'Baby goes Yum Yum!', is a panda, tucking in.
I made a start on these on Saturday morning, to make up for not getting down to it on Thursday, after my teaching. I worked on them together, to guarantee they would work well together in the final book.
I changed the panda's head and eye patch shapes a little, and made his ears flatter. I think he's looking a lot younger and cuter than on my rough, which I wasn't 100% happy with:
The hedgehogs were a little daunting - I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the spines. I didn't want them to be too cartoonish.
I did a search and found this photograph on Google Images which was really helpful. In my mind's eye, I had thought their bodies were brown too, so it was a relief to discover they were white: much less 'heavy' and better for contrast with their backs.
I decided to build up the spines in different colours of brown and grey. I'm not sure if I will attempt the white tips or not. We'll see: